Belgrade, July 04, 2012
NIKOLIC: WASHINGTON WILL COOPERATE WITH ANY SERBIAN GOVT.
BELGRADE, July 03 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that he had briefly met with U.S. Department of State official Philip Reeker on Tuesday.
We agreed that Serbia and the U.S. will continue to foster bilateral relations and that the U.S. Department of State is ready to cooperate with any government chosen by the Serbian parliament, Nikolic said. "We met in passing. He was received by my advisor for foreign affairs. Reeker and I just shared the impressions from the meeting I had with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Rio de Janeiro," Nikolic said at a reception at the Japanese Embassy in Belgrade, answering a journalist's question concerning topics he and the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state had discussed.
Asked if perhaps Reeker, who is on a visit to Belgrade until July 5, had brought with him some hidden conditions concerning a broad coalition government, Nikolic said: "Maybe (he presented them) to someone else. Nobody is to come up with any hidden conditions before the president of a country."
Reeker's visit is a precursor to the visit of Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, who will arrive in Belgrade on Monday, and whom I will personally receive, Nikolic said.
NIKOLIC: JAPAN TO PRODUCE IN SERBIA
BELGRADE, July 04 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said late Tuesday that Serbia should intensify its economic cooperation with Japan and allow the country to produce in Serbia, after which the two countries should export the products to other markets.
It would be much cheaper for Japan to reach the markets which are very expensive for it such as the market of the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States through Serbia, Nikolic told the press at a reception on the occasion of Japan's Self-Defense Forces Day.
"We could then employ our people, teach them to produce new technologies, we would establish close ties with the people of Japan. We can learn a lot from them," Nikolic added.
Pointing out that Japan is a friendly country to Serbia, which has had an equable position since the 1990s, the Serbian president said that Japan has recognized the independence of Kosovo, which is a decision "we cannot change, but we can cooperate, like we did so far." "While I was in opposition I observed with how much love the citizens of Japan and their previous and current ambassadors helped Serbia," Nikolic said.
As he put it, even when he was the leader of an opposition party, he did everything in his power for the two countries' ties to strengthen. Nikolic also voiced hope that realization of this cooperation will be possible after the new government takes office. He pointed to the importance of cultural cooperation, stressing that Japan has the cult of family and work to which Serbia should return as soon as possible.
Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Toshio Tsunozaki said that, after coming to Serbia three and a half years ago, he faced the fact that Serbian people know much more about Japan than Japanese people about Serbia. "The people of Serbia and Japan should communicate more in order to find out more about each other. Starting from the friendship and confidence in relations between the two countries more investors could also come to Serbia," Tsunozaki said.
NIKOLIC DECORATES SHOIGU AND VERNEY
BELGRADE, July 03 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has decorated Moscow Oblast Governor Sergei Shoigu with the Order of the Serbian Flag, First Class, and French citizen JeanPierre Verney with the Order of the Serbian Flag, Third Class, the president's press office said in a release Tuesday.
According to the release, Shoigu was awarded for outstanding merits in developing international relations and friendship between the Serbian and Russian peoples, while Verney was awarded for his achievements in the development and consolidation of peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the peoples of Serbia and France, at the proposal of the Centre of Emigrants of Serbia.
Through his professional commitment, Shoigu made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of overall bilateral relations, especially in the development of economic and trade cooperation between Serbia and Russia, the release reads.
It is particularly important, says the release, to emphasize his personal contribution to overall efforts in providing protection and all encompassing material assistance and support to the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, and to the implementation of assistance programs and cooperation with Serbia in the field dealing with emergencies floods and fires.
Conferring the Order on Shoigu, who until recently served as the Russian minister for civil defense, emergencies and elimination of consequences of natural disasters, is a sign of gratitude and recognition on the part of Serbia for his longtime commitment to the development of cooperation between the two countries, and for all that he has done for the welfare of the citizens of Serbia.
JeanPierre Verney has dedicated more than 30 years to fostering the memory of World War I and the 19121918 Serbian Liberation Wars, according to the release.
Since 2005, Verney has been the executive director of the Museum of the Great War in the city of Meaux, which is entirely dedicated to World War I and offers the best possible tribute to Serbia's participants in the war.
In his capacity as the personal secretary of the then French President Jacques Chirac and as an official in the country's Defense Ministry, he made great efforts to present Serbia in a positive light and stood out and defended the old friendship between the two nations.
He is credited with personally enriching the collections of artifacts of historical museums in France and Serbia on several occasions, and for promoting the image of Serbia at events and exhibitions dealing with World War I.
Awarding Verney was a sign of Serbia's appreciation for his commitment to preserving the traditional image and position of Serbia, and for fostering positive feelings of friendship towards the Serb people in France, according to the release.
SERBIA - K&M
STEFANOVIC: ISG DECISION DOES NOT MEAN MUCH
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, July 03 (Tanjug) - Head of the Serbian team in the talks with Pristina Borislav Stefanovic stated Tuesday that the decision of the International Steering Group for Kosovo (ISG) on the abolishment of the so-called supervised independence of Kosovo does not mean much because EULEX and KFOR will remain in the province.
The decision does not mean much in terms of our national position regarding the issue of Kosovo Metohija (KiM), but the smaller the foreign influence and the bigger ban to the autocracy and unilateral moves of Pristina, the better, Stefanovic stated for Radio Kontakt plus from Kosovska Mitrovica.
As he pointed out, the ISG decision does not refer to KFOR and EULEX and they will continue to perform their tasks.
However, Stefanovic added, I believe that this (decision) is "a dangerous thing because everyone knows that the socalled independent Kosovo is neither a defined nor a democratic decriminalized formation."
In a certain way this gives Pristina additional freedom to draw unilateral moves, which could be very dangerous, Stefanovic warned.
He said that the decision on the abolishment of the socalled supervised independence of Kosovo is an "artificially created occurrence" which ought to show that Kosovo is a new, independent, mature, democratic European state which, as he put it, "is completely untrue."
Stefanovic believes that Serbs can resolve this problem primarily by avoiding any form of violence and acting in coordination with their state (Serbia).